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Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,236 ratings  ·  923 reviews
A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures--and the TV show they host--in their senior year of high school.

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior yea
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Danielle 7th grade and up. It has some serious issue, but there is no language. The issues are for a little bit older teens, but there is nothing that most 7th…more7th grade and up. It has some serious issue, but there is no language. The issues are for a little bit older teens, but there is nothing that most 7th graders couldn't handle. It is "cleaner" than either of his other ones when it comes to language and subject matter. I am a middle school teacher and hoping to be a middle school librarian, and I would have no issues putting it in the school's library.(less)

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Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Julie Zantopoulos

“There’s something about witnessing something holy with someone you love, because you take that sacred thing and weave it, like a golden thread, into the fabric of your togetherness.”

Oh, friends! I feel so torn on this one. I do want to start this review off by saying that my dear friend Julie sent this to me, and a few of our other friends, as a traveling book so we could all record our thoughts and feelings with annotations! And, luckily for me, I was the last person to get the boo
Jeff Zentner
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Here’s where RAYNE & DELILAH’S MIDNITE MATINEE came from.

Inspiration rears its head at the most unexpected places, at the most unlikely times. One Saturday night, in February 2016, while I had my antennae up for an idea for my third novel, I came home and turned on the TV. I started aimlessly channel surfing. I must emphasize: this is exceedingly rare for me to do, given the length of my Netflix queue.

When I landed on the Nashville public access station, I saw something surprising--a grainy h
Miranda Reads
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was ok

For a long time I shined my light for someone other than me. But not anymore.
Josie and Delia, who are more known by their alter egos Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, host a midnight matinee every Friday night.

Josie and Delia do their best to serve up what they know best - bad movies, terrible jokes and plenty of love.
But the thing with a best friend is that you’re never talking about nothing. Even when you’re talking about nothing, it’s something.
But with graduation aroun
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, but what in the name of manic-pixie-dream plot did I just read????????? Things started off well enough but took SUCH a nose-dive in the second half, I can't even deal. I have no idea how to even write this review because this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year (I gave Jeff’s previous two books 5 stars) but it was honestly just a big ol' 👎🏼💩 I AM SO BUMMED ...more
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Even if it’s just for a couple weeks. Even if it’s a college Barnes & Noble (they’re the same). Just as long as it takes to get your employee number.

Because baby, let me tell you, applied at any register, that number gets you 35% off books.


(Barnes & Noble corporate employees, stop reading this.)

...that number…



The reason I’m talking about this is that I bought this very meh read at a very substantia
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
jeff zentner stories are a work of art - in that, even though everyone gets something different out of them, they are still impactful and memorable. and this is no exception.

this is perhaps the most ‘positive’ story zentner has written so far. his other books tend to be on the more serious and difficult side of emotion, but this is funny and up-lifting. and it is also every bit as real as his other books, which i like.

zentner has such a genuine way of being able to write about life events that
Larry H
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"Sometimes small and unspectacular things can be a universe."

Josie and Delia are best friends. They're practically inseparable, prone to conversations like, "Have you noticed that if you switch the first letters of every country singer's first and last name, you end up with an amazing Star Wars name?"

Every Friday night, Josie and Delia become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, the hosts of a campy, tongue-in-cheek horror show on public access television called Midnite Matinee . They show
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a quick read about friendship. These two girls have a Gilmore Girls style of banter but with a goth vibe. There are a few lol moments 😂 and also some sad moments 😢. It was an okay read, if you’re looking for something that isn’t overly complex.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ 25%

I might try this again later but this book is making me so angry I can't stand it. I hate the way Josie views the world around her and I hate her inability to look outside of her own grossly over-privileged bubble for more than half a second at a time, and I'm not even remotely enjoying watching Delia rake her poor mother over the coals with her obsession over finding her deadbeat runaway father.

It's really such a shame, because with my lifelong obsession with horror films and anythin
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tucker by: Penguin Teen

It was mediocre.

Many thanks to Crown Books for Young Readers for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review

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C.G. Drews
This was both heartwarming and goofy, so if you want to sniffle and giggle...this book is for you.😌It's most wholesomely about friendship: Josie and Delia are BFFs and like, the really tight kind who are on the same wave-length and are so close they practically share a brain. I honestly don't read enough YA books with dedicated female-friendships that don't turn catty, so this?? This was GOOD for that. It also had a super cute romance for Josie that I just. 😍Lawson was like this super Hufflepuff ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, e-books
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

“Most of all, I think it’s people who love to be reminded that sometimes you do your best and you come up short, but there’s still a place in the world for people like that.”

🌟 I love Jeff Zentner, he wrote Goodbye Days which is one of my fav emotional books and has one of the best opening lines ever! He is a very kind person and he’s humble. I follow him on Twitter and he’s such a nice guy!
I am saying this because I
Updated Review:

Thank you so much to Crown Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


"Goooooooooood evening, boys and ghouls, zombies and zombettes, witches and warlocks, this is Midnite Matinee..."

All it takes is that punny intro from Rayne & Delilah's TV Six Studio show, and we're immediately informed of what kind of humor -- and characters -- we'll be interacting with throughout this coming-of-age contemporary.

(And that's not to knock it. I g
Cory Marie
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am the type of reader who hardly ever asks for ARCs- partly because I am stupid and scared of rejection, and partly because I am weird and I often enjoy going to the bookstore on the day a book is released. There is just something about a Tuesday morning, am I right?! However, when I had the amazing opportunity to read Jeff Zentner's newest book early... I DID NOT HESITATE. I had to have it. He is one of the best contemporary authors out there. He wrote my absolute favorite book, The Serpent K ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I am notoriously picky about books of a lighter nature. But since  The Serpent King is one of my all-time favorites, and I really loved  Goodbye Days , I was obviously going to give Rayne & Delilah a go. And I am so glad that I did, for it was fabulous. This book is completely laugh-out-loud funny. Nay, it's laugh-at-inappropriate-times funny.

But beyond just being phenomenal
Denia  Books & Baubles
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great book, you guys. I loved it so much. 

Let me start by saying I have never laughed as hard reading a book as I did reading this one. This book was awesome you guys! I couldn't stop reading it once I started it. We have a little bit of everything going on in this book. There's your adorable romance, there's your invaluable friendship, there's your crazy story, there's your down moments, but above all, there's your love.

"Those who don't work hard for a long time will have a hard time for
“A hilarious novel about friendship, following your dreams – and bad horror movies.”

Thank you, Andersen Press for this book!
I read The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner last year and became one of my favourite books of last year.

I can’t wait to see what his new novel will be like.
chan ☆
i just listened to 2 YA contemp audiobooks that slapped and this one... hasn't thus far. also the premise isn't really intriguing to me so i'm just gonna quit while i'm ahead ...more
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 “weirdo” stars


OK here is the deal: I have no idea how to rate this book (well obviously I chose four stars but I am still pondering it over) or how to write this review.

I guess you’ll get a jumble of thoughts, reactions and feelings.


First I want to say that I adored "The Serpent King" and "Goodbye Days". They were both five stars and I could not wait to read Midnite Matinee.


My feelings reading this book:

1) WTH am I reading? What are these girls talking about? Old bad horror movies are s
Irena BookDustMagic
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3,5

After spending some time only reading adult fiction and non fiction, I found myself craving some ya literature. I already read some fantasy this year, but what I really wanted in my life was good ya contemporary, since it was my favorite genre for the longest time.
This novel reminded me why I love this genre so much, and even though it wasn’t a 5 stars book for me, or a brilliant masterpiece, it still made me feel that familiar feeling you have when you return to something you
Lauren Stoolfire
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six. But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alright, Jeff Zentner. You promised me this book would come without tears but that is a lie!

Rayne and Delilah are the alternative late-night access channel personalities of Josie and Delia, two best friends who are high school seniors on the cusp of their whole lives changing. Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is their story and it will grab your heart in a way you can’t even expect.


Any YA fan alive in the last two years has probably heard of Jeff Zentner or maybe seen one of his selfies
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
See this review and more on Books and Ladders!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

Thank you to Christy of BookCrushin' for putting together the ARC Tour and letting me join in!

Hello, I am broken by another Jeff Zentner novel. I felt too many things and now am sobbing in bed and do not want to feel things ever again. But, alas, Jeff does a very good job of breaking people in the way they need to be broken in order to truly unde
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewing books isn’t one of my skills and I can by no means do this book justice. That being said, I absolutely adore it.

If you've read either or both of Jeff's books you kinda have a good idea of what to expect: beautiful sentences, characters with a ton of heart and empathy who you'd love to have in your social group, an exploration of loss in some capacity, a reverence for the people and the state of Tennessee, and, of course, tears. This time, though, the tears are from laughing and joy ra
La La
I was at 90% with this book for two days and could not bring myself to pick it up and finish it. Today I decided to rip off the proverbial band-aid and end the torture. That being said, giving this book one star is killing me because I loved Zentner's first YA novel with all my heart, but this story is abysmal.

Before I say anything else about this book... it demonizes those who have mental illness who think of themselves before helping someone else, a someone who won't take their medication, to
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Utterly fantastic, with the perfect mix of humor and pathos. I laughed out loud on nearly every page at the dialogue, and yet found myself ugly crying over the ending (in a good way). Zentner has drawn a beautiful picture of friendship, family, and how hard growing up can be. I loved how he found the perfect balance between Something Fresh (girls with a cable access horror movie show, a teen MMA fighter) and Familiar & Relatable (mental health struggles, broken families). You've never seen anyth ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc
Best friends take on the world...and specifically a public access horror show they co-host. This book is literally laugh-out-loud funny.

There are so many poignant moments - growing up, making big decisions, leaving childhood behind. I love how Delia and Josie interact with each other and their truly amazing sense of humor.

Zentner's best work yet.
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Y.A. readers and teachers
What Stood Out to Me:
The premise of two teen girls hosting a late-night public access show featuring (really!) low-budget horror flicks from decades past was hilarious! The personas they "put on" for their show alone made this book worth reading! It was also a story of how longtime friends, no matter how close, must deal with the fact that their lives are moving in different directions.
Memorable Quotes:
(pg.99)-"I have this belief that humans who are connected in some way can feel what the other
Catherine Tinker
Jun 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
"'Wayne's World' meets 'Ghost World,' the book stars two best friends who must make some tough decisions about the “creature feature” show they host on their local cable access TV station as they enter their senior year of high school."

good grief that's so many things i could ever want all rolled into one book
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites

You know those books you’ve got somehow and then a while later you realise you’re never going to read it?

That was Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee for me. I got it as an ARC for Y’All Fest in 2018—I have no idea how because I didn’t hear about most of the ARC drops until they were well and truly over. Anyway, this made the trip with me from Charleston to New Jersey, to Chicago and back to Melbourne only to sit unread on shelves for almost two years. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve alm
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Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for

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